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An image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people
Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people Alternate image of Back ornament by Miao people

Miao people

(China  – )

Title
Back ornament
Other titles:
Large silver dress fastener hook with ornamentation
Ornament worn on the back
Place of origin
KunmingYunnan ProvinceChina
Year
20th century
Media category
Jewellery
Materials used
silver
Dimensions

16.0 cm

Credit
Dee Court Fund 2008
Accession number
27.2008
Location
Not on display
Further information

Silver jewellery, crafted by men, is an important element of Miao dress. Girls and women wear heavy silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings and crowns; silver plaques are stitched to their clothes. The Miao wear their clothes in multiple layers that indicate a family’s wealth. Poorer families cannot afford numerous layers of skirts and jackets, or extensive silver jewellery, even though each member of the community strives to have at least one elaborate outfit.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011

Exhibition history (1)

One hundred flowers (2011), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2011–15 Jan 2012